Propecia represents one of the 2 medications approved by the FDA (Food & Drugs Administration) and EMEA for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia
(AGA) or pattern baldness in men.
Finasteride, the main active ingredient of Propecia, is designed to bind the 5 alpha-reductase type 2 enzyme, responsible for conversion promotion of
testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – the core reason for baldness development.
Thus, finasteride aims at lowering the concentration of DHT in the organism, which enables the patient to cease the damage of hair follicles and,
therefore, stop AGA development.
The results of a series of clinical investigations confirmed the ability of the preparation to block hair loss in approximately 85% of males. Nonetheless,
with various success rate, nearly 50% of patients have managed to regrow new hair within 12 months treatment, and almost 65% of men have managed to regrow
new hair in 24 months.
Actually, the fact should be underlined that the drug demonstrates higher effectiveness in the early AGA stages. Once the treatment is ceased, the
recovered hair is highly likely to be lost within 9-12 months as the destructive DHT process on hair follicles starts again.
Indications for use
Propecia is designed to treat male pattern baldness. Clinical trials have shown that Propecia helps to stop hair loss in about 85% of men taking it. To
achieve the desired effect of Propecia, the medication should be taken for no less than 3 months.
After 6 months a better part of Propecia hair regrowth progress becomes obvious hair. The noteworthy results are more obvious in the crown and surrounding
areas rather than in the front.
The preparation is well absorbed into the tissue and bodily fluids (plus it also forms in the ejaculate). Bioavailability is equal to 80% (independently of
food intakes). The absorption is achieved in the first 1-2 hours. The medication is excreted as metabolites by the kidneys (39%) and through the intestine
It’s a common knowledge that a person’s hair is regrown during a bigger part of life. At a ‘loss rate’ of about fifty to hundred and fifty hairs a day, the
body makes up the loss, while this replacement is invisible and painless for the body.
Typically, hair loss becomes noticeable once a person loses up to 15% of hair. If you have collided with the issue, then it’s the right time to take some
To prevent serious hair losses, you should pay close attention to the intensity of hair loss – how many of them remain on the comb or hat, whether they
remain in the bathroom after shampooing and so on. Profuse hair loss when combing, as well as thinning hair are the first signs of alopecia.
The optimal dosage
The treatment course should be appointed by the doctor - in the brick and mortar pharmacies the drug is available by prescription only; however, as a rule,
5mg of preparation is appointed. The drug can be consumed regardless of the time of the day and meal intakes.
However, there is some evidence provided by the independent and impartial organizations, claiming finasteride dosage up to 5 mg produces the same
These results suggest that the appointment of 1 mg, a quite average dosage according to the intake, may not be absolutely required, connecting the amount
with manufacturer’s commercial interests.
However, as for practical experience the dosage less than 1 mg on a daily basis is not necessarily contributing to the desired effect; while taking 1mg of
the drug is suitable for 97% of men, which is confirmed in a series of FDA pre-approval trials.